Category: Headers

Canola School: PAMI publishes guidebook on straight-cutting canola

There is more and more and more demand for information about straight-cutting canola. In response to this demand, the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) continues to conduct research, quantify assumptions, and provide knowledge to farmers. Recently, PAMI put all that work together into a straight-cutting guidebook for canola. In this episode of the Canola School, RealAgriculture’s… Read more »

Claas debuts flex draper header

Claas unveiled its new Convio draper header series at the Farm Progress Show in Iowa last week, including a new model outfitted specifically for straight-harvesting canola. Available in widths of 35 to 45 feet, the Convio Flex draper features up to 9 inches of vertical flex, says product manager Jeff Gray, in the interview below…. Read more »

MacDon enters the corn header market

A Winnipeg-based farm equipment manufacturer known for making draper headers used on combines and swathers has entered the corn header arena. MacDon rolled out its new C Series corn header at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa last week. “We’ve been looking at the corn header market for several years now, and this just… Read more »

Lightweight narrow-row corn head heavy on efficiency

Want to maximize combine productivity and put every corn kernel possible in the grain tank? That’s what New Holland is promising farmers who invest in the company’s new 9200 CornMaster Series of corn heads. The narrow-row heads are specifically developed for farmers planting in 20- and 22-inch row spacings and range from 12-row to 18-row… Read more »

Case IH lightens the load with narrow-row corn header

Case IH is expanding its 4400 Series corn header line-up with a new lightweight, narrow-row header designed to help farmers pick cleaner, harvest faster, and improve handling of down corn. The new models have been completely redesigned — from the row unit and frame, to the gear box and power drive — to meet the needs of… Read more »

Soybean School: Cutting back harvest losses at the header

Even for seasoned soybean growers, harvest losses happen, and it’s estimated 80 percent of harvest losses occur at the header with soybeans. At $11/bushel, getting a few extra bushels off each acre adds up quickly. Just how losses are affected by combine header design and harvest speed was the subject of a two-year study by… Read more »

TechTour: Stalkbuster designed for mechanical control for corn borer

One of Agritechnica’s two coveted gold medals was awarded to Kemper this year, for their Stalkbuster, which breaks up corn stubble, destroying overwintering habitat for corn borer. “In Canada and the U.S. you don’t have a lot of corn borer problems because you have Bt corn,” says Georg Wigger of Kemper, in the following TechTour… Read more »

The benefits of a stripper header

There are many ways to harvest crops, from pick-up to straight-cut headers. But, have you ever considered a stripper header? Designed largely for cereals, grass seed and rice farming, a stripper header has rotating teeth that lift the grain into the combine, essentially leaving everything else in the field. This has multiple potential benefits: The… Read more »

More Time for Combining with Deere’s Folding Head

Can you drive your combine – with the head – down a narrow road to the next farm? Are you tired of header trailers and the need for tow vehicles? John Deere says its new 608FC 8-row folding corn head is the answer to these challenges – just fold the head and go. Deere unveiled… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 26 — A New World in Seed Treatments (again), High Test Weights, & Strip-Till vs No-Till Beans

Harvest is rocking and rolling for most corn and soybean growers in Ontario save for @WheatPete himself who took an equipment breakdown as a chance to get the Word done early this week. This week’s Wheat Pete’s Word covers a lot of ground, including the why behind high test weight corn, the nitrogen connection to high… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 21: Drought Tolerance Comparisons, the Cost of Delaying Wheat Planting & Diplo-what?

It’s late September, the days are warm, and the combines are starting to roll into the edible beans and soybeans. Corn silage harvest has also started and that means we kick off this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word with a reminder and a plead — stay safe and use those lights! From there, we head into… Read more »

TechTour: Seagull’s Telescopic Combine Reel Pulls In Its Plumage

Many of the new innovations from machinery companies at Agritechnica’s 2015 show seemed to be inspired by transportation issues, and the Seagull Telescopic Reel from STW srl Italy was no exception. The harvester header combines the aforementioned telescopic reel technology with a folding cutting platform to compress widths during transport, allowing the header to shrink to one-third… Read more »

New DynaFlex Draper Header Designed for Improved Combine Feeding

When AGCO designed its 9250 DynaFlex draper header, the goal was to feed the combine evenly and smoothly, explains AGCO tactical marketing manager Caleb Schleder. Now the company plans to further improve the headers’ durability and reliability with the launch of the new 9255 DynaFlex. At the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville last month, Schleder… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: STEP Aims to Give Ag Exporters a Leg Up

Many of the Canadian companies who participated in Agritechnica — the world’s largest ag trade show — in Germany last month were there as part of a delegation led by the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership, also known as STEP. As president and CEO Chris Dekker explains below, STEP is a unique private-public partnership that receives… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: Canadian Companies Reaching Farmers Around the World

You may think of them as a local manufacturing company employing local people selling to local farmers, but many Canadian agriculture companies have a presence that extends well beyond their backyards. Their global reach was evident at Agritechnica — the world’s largest ag machinery show held in Germany earlier this month — as 65 Canadian companies set up… Read more »